Roberto Bautista Agut recalls Spain’s 2020 ATP Cup final loss

World No. 19 Roberto Bautista Agut is excited about returning to the ATP Cup.

Bautista Agut was a member of the Spanish team that fell just short of winning the inaugural edition of the ATP Cup in 2020. 

“The organisation and the event was amazing. We had the chance to play the group in Perth, and then the final event here in Sydney, and Spain played very well. We reached the final. We lost in the deciding doubles, and it was a great experience;” Bautista Agut said, per the ATP Cup website.

Spain was drawn in Group B with Spain, Serbia and Chile. 

“I think we have to be very focused in our three points,” Bautista Agut said. “Every point is 33 per cent. In my case, I feel good. I feel I [am] practising well, I did a great job at home. I think I can play a good ATP Cup. I think we have a very complete team. We are all good players, and the practise has been good.”

Bautista Agut, Pablo Carreno Busta set to lead Spain 

Spain has two strong singles players in the likes of Bautista Agut and Carreno Busta. 

“In this competition there are three points, it’s very important to have good team, not just a good No. 1,” Carreno Busta said. “I think that in this case, Spain has a very good team. [A] good No. 1 [in] Roberto, but also No. 2, 3, 4, and 5 [players].

“We know the No. 2 player is very important. I have a lot of responsibility, because we know that all of the opponents have a Top 10 or similar as their No. 1 [player]. We need to win the first point to go up on the score.”

Meanwhile, world No. 60 Pedro Martinez is set to make his ATP Cup debut.

“I’m very happy to join the Spanish team,” Martinez said. “I think we have a really strong team. Both players can beat anyone on the Tour. We also have a good chance in doubles. Let’s see how the groups are. I think we have a big chance to qualify, and I believe in the Spanish team because I think it’s very strong.”

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